May 5, 2004 12:40pm
Prelinger locked in underground mountain bunker.
Well, OK, not actually Rick, but a bunch of Library Of Congress movies - it's not clear whether the Prelinger Collection will be amongst them (probably eventually?), but there's a nice quote from Rick in the article:
'A Cold War emergency bunker nestled in the side of a mountain will soon house one of the largest movie and music collections in the world.'
'Rick Prelinger, who donated the bulk of his 48,000 educational, industrial, advertising and documentary films to the Library of Congress, has toured the facility as a member of the National Film Preservation Board.
"You always hear about these Cold War secret underground sites, but I'd never been in one," Prelinger said.
Old guard towers, 50-ton doors, dormitories and gyms are just a few of the features he observed when visiting the facility. He said there are doors in the walls that look like cupboards, but when opened lead into a cave "like Lord of the Rings."
As an individual collector, he worried about ensuring the safety of his films over time on his own. Risks included fire, water and vandalism. He's thrilled that the Library of Congress has a new secure building to store his former collection.
"The library is going to take the physical protection of materials very seriously," Prelinger said. "They have a very good track record at preserving delicate historical documents." '
This post was modified by simon c on 2004-05-05 19:40:53